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MUSIC IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (VI) – OUR TRADITIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  26/11/16) 2(b)KITHARA AND LYRE The most important stringed instrument used by the Greeks was calledkithara in Greek, and, since there is no obvious equivalent amongmodern instruments, will henceforward be called kithara in English. Thisis the normal practice … Continue reading

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MUSIC IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (V) – OUR TRADITIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  23/05/16) We do not have any literary evidence about the exact nature of Pronomos’ invention, but we do have two passages which testify to its effectiveness. One is from Simonides (perhaps mid-fifth century BC) and the other … Continue reading

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MUSIC IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (VI) – OUR TRADITIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  3/05/15) THE AULOS 34 Bone is a much more durable material than wood, and a number of bone sections of auloi survive, giving us some valuable information on the instrument-maker’s art. (Ivory was also used, which is … Continue reading

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MUSIC IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (V) – OUR TRADITIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  15/09/14) The aulos is shown in a developed form in Greek vase-paintings of  the sixth century BC, and its outward appearance (or, at any rate, the  way of representing it) seems to have changed little during the  … Continue reading

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B. The Hellenic esoteric music – The Elemental Tetrachord

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 30/03/11) The primary diatonic tetrachord is semitone-tone-tone (ascending), that is, Water-Air-Fire-Earth, BCDE or EFGa. In the table the Elements are listed in their usual order, Earth-Water-Air-Fire, for the  Greater and Lesser Perfect Systems are based on Earth. … Continue reading

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MUSIC IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (IV) – OUR TRADITIONS WILL EMPOWER THE COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 24/03/13) There is one very significant feature of all these choruses—they are led  in their dances by an aulos-player, and this must surely have been true of  a choros in fifth-century comedy.The latter part of a typical … Continue reading

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A. The Hellenic esoteric music – The Four-String Lyre of Hermes

The Greater and Lesser Perfect Systems The study of Greek Esoteric Music is a lifelong pursuit, due to the quantity of surviving theory (much of it collected in Barker, its subtlety and complexity, and its connection with other Esoteric Disciplines … Continue reading

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